Israel’s envoy to the UN, Danny Danon, says about the resolution passed in Friday’s General Assembly, “This resolution is further proof of the important contributions that Israel makes to the world as a leader in innovation and entrepreneurship.”
NEW YORK – The United Nations General Assembly approved an Israeli-sponsored resolution on Friday, focusing on international innovation and development and ways to help some to remove the obstacles entrepreneurs face internationally.
The resolution, entitled “Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development,” states that by promoting entrepreneurship education through capacity-building, training programs, and business incubators, access and opportunities for women, youth and individuals with disabilities can increase as well. In addition it stresses the need to measure the impact of entrepreneurship policies through data collection and other indicators.
The Israeli text passed after a vote of 123 countries supporting it, 30 countries opposing it, and eight abstaining. Most of the countries who voted against it wear Arab country including Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Jordan.
“This resolution is further proof of the important contributions that Israel makes to the world as a leader in innovation and entrepreneurship,” Israel’s Ambassador to UN Danny Danon.
“The hypocritical opposition by the Arab bloc did not succeed,” he added. “Every day, more and more countries are showing interest in Israel’s success.”
Danon added that the Israeli mission to the UN is “proud to cooperate with countries around the world and to share knowledge and know-how as we work together to build a better world.”
The Israeli mission considered the passing of the resolution as a diplomatic victory for Israel. Several such “victories” have been achieved in the past year at the UN, including the appointment of Ambassador Danon as chairman of the international body’s sixth committee and the recognition of Yom Kippur as an official UN holiday.
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